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Old Sep 05, 2010, 12:29 PM
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Google, Scan Our Drawings!

Please visit my new blog, "Google, Scan the Drawings!", where I hope to gain some momentum behind my quest for Google to scan engineering drawings, as well as books... and at least to get them to make better book scans!

What's it about? It's all those moldering drawings sitting in collections around the country, at institutions that have no funds to scan and post the drawings, or even to index them. Google is all jazzed about scanning "all the world's knowledge" (i.e., all the books in university libraries), but they're ignoring the very drawings that our country was built with! Not just ship building (my fav), but civil engineering, automotive, railroads, aerospace, and even computer science... and I say, only Google has the wherewithal to do it.

Who knows, maybe someone at Google will notice?
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Old Sep 06, 2010, 12:35 AM
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Way to go Pat.
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Old Sep 06, 2010, 10:54 AM
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So I complained to Google about the mis-scanned pages in books like the "Shipbuilding Cyclopedia", and got the response below. Basically, it says "Don't hold your breath, sucker".

What can you do? Go find these problem pages too, and hit the Feedback button a zillion times! Otherwise, no traffic = no bother.

Hello Patrick,

Thank you for your e-mail and for taking the time to share your thoughts about Google Books.

For the vast majority of books in our index, the quality of the scanned pages is extremely good. We're confident that for the vast majority of users, the user-experience will be very good and will give them access to hundreds of thousands of books previously inaccessible before this launch.


Google has developed technology to scan millions of books at a scale that was previously unimaginable, but that doesn't mean there's not more work to be done. We're continually improving the technology used to scan book pages and to process the images into the format viewed by users.

Over time, we expect to re-process the books scanned earlier to improve the quality for some of the books currently available on the site.

Please feel free to reply to this message if you have any other questions about Google Books, and we will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

Cristina
Google Books Team
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Old Sep 06, 2010, 11:17 AM
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Hi Pat,
What is the best format to scan drawings in?
Regards,
Gerald.
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Old Sep 06, 2010, 11:46 AM
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TIF, usually. Good for compressing all the white space without JPG's "lossiness" around the lines.
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Christina really cared. It so obvious in the care she took in addressing the issues you raised... LOL
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